Toyota has teased an LMP1-styled Super Sport Concept
As it stands, Toyota is the only manufacturer sitting in LMP1, the top tier of endurance racing. Porsche has bailed from the expensive, technologically advanced sector, making the FIA and ACO look a tad silly with regards to their regulations.
It's looking more and more likely that endurance racing will move back to a road car-based top tier, featuring the top end hypercars from much more accepting manufacturers thanks to reduced costs of not having to produce prototype racecars.
In tandem with that proposed shift, Toyota has teased a darkened image of what it has called the GR Super Sport Concept which looks extremely similar to a road-going version of its current LMP1 car. Gazoo Racing (GR) has been very busy this year with its rally and endurance racing programmes but appears to be moving towards appealing more to the public, firstly through its Yaris GRMN hot hatch, and now this rather striking concept.
With a long shark fin that extends back to a rear wing, a round, bulbous cockpit and a low, LMP1-esque side profile, it seems that the GR Super Sport Concept could essentially be a toned down TS050, the car that has taken Gazoo Racing painstakingly close to a couple of Le Mans victories.
If so, it could become the perfect test bed for an addition to a GT1 class, falling in line with cars such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie, McLaren Senna and even the Mercedes-AMG Project One.
The car will be exposed fully at the Tokyo Auto Salon opening next month, so stay tuned for further images and information on this tantalising slice of Toyota motorsport for the road (hopefully).